Arturo Vidal, a former Barcelona midfielder, has criticized Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) fans for their treatment of Lionel Messi. Messi made headlines after visiting Saudi Arabia, hours after Les Parisiens’ Ligue 1 loss to Lorient on Sunday (April 30). Despite being required to report for training on Monday (May 1), the Argentinian flew out of Paris. PSG punished him with a two-week suspension for his unsanctioned trip to the Middle East. As a result, the forward is not allowed to train with the squad and will also not be paid for the duration of the suspension. Fans, on the other hand, expressed their anger towards Messi by hurling abusive chants against him in front of the club’s HQ on Wednesday (May 3). Although the Ligue 1 giants have condemned those actions, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano predicts that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will leave Paris when Messi’s contract ends in the summer.
Vidal has now criticized PSG fans for their treatment of Messi in recent days. The former Barcelona midfielder believes that the Argentinian has been the Parisians’ best player this season and feels he should be cherished instead of being abused. “The thing about the PSG fans is crazy, these people are crazier every day,” Vidal said (via TyC Sports). “They can’t insult the best in the world, watch him (Lionel Messi) play … Clearly, they were not given in the Champions League and the (French) Cup, but in the championship, he has been the best. A world champion, he is in almost all the matches; he never gets injured; he scored most of the goals with Mbappe, and most of the passes are from him. Crazy, crazy that they always attack the best, but that’s football, and that’s the way people are.”
Messi, on the other hand, issued an apology for travelling to Saudi Arabia without permission in a video on Friday (May 5). Messi will not be short of options when he leaves the Parc des Princes this summer. The Saudi Arabian government is prepared to offer the megastar €400 million a year to convince him to move to the Middle East. Major League Soccer club Inter Miami have also been credited with an interest in the PSG talisman. Barcelona, meanwhile, are keen to re-sign Lionel Messi after reluctantly letting him go in 2021.
Vidal, addressing the forward’s future, said: “I always wish Leo the best. He will know what is the best decision for him and his family. I will support him in whatever he wants, but I don’t like to speak for others.” Vidal played 81 games alongside Messi during his time at Barcelona between 2018 and 2020, combining to score ten times. They won two trophies together, including one La Liga title.
It is no secret that Messi is one of the best football players of all time. He has won numerous awards and accolades throughout his career and is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. Messi’s talent, skill, and dedication to the sport have earned him legions of fans all over the world. However, his recent suspension and the abuse he received from PSG fans have put a damper on his reputation.
Messi’s suspension has also raised questions about his future at PSG. While the club has not yet announced whether they will renew his contract, many fans and analysts believe that he will leave the club at the end of the season. If he does leave PSG, Messi will have plenty of options to choose from. He could return to Barcelona, where he spent the majority of his career, or he could move to a new club in a new league.
Regardless of where Messi ends up, it is clear that he will continue to be one of the most talented and beloved football players in the world. His skill, dedication, and passion for the sport have earned him a place in football history, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of players and fans alike.